Lounge 21


Come for live entertainment and libations.

Sip on a refreshing beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) in a comfortable lounge setting, while enjoying live entertainment from a variety of bands and musicians. Lounge 21 also features parties hosted by industry partners, with giveaways and special guests. Interested in performing in Lounge 21? Please check the Get Involved page for more information.

Note: Lounge 21 is restricted to attendees age 21 or over. Must have valid form of ID to enter Lounge 21.

In accordance with California state law, Anime Expo's Lounge 21 can only accept an ID that:

  • Is issued by a governmental agency (such as federal, state, county or city)
  • Contains the name of the person
  • Contains the date of birth of the person
  • Contains a description of the person (these are called key indicators and include height, weight and eye color)
  • Contains a photograph of the person
  • Is currently valid (i.e. not expired)

Hours & Location

See Hours & Maps for more info. For performance and party information, please refer to the schedule when available.

2018 Lounge 21 Performer Lineup


BLACK ROS3 is a performing duo, that share their passion for anime, video games, and pop culture through music. Packed with powerful covers, energetic instrumental pieces, and face-melting guitar solos, BLACKROS3 performs popular and classic songs from anime, video games, j-rock, and just about anything in between.
With regular appearances along the West Coast, this group can be seen at popular conventions between Las Vegas and California. Performances include: Sabakon, Anime Los Angeles, Tune In Tokyo Sakura Bomb, Akiba Vegas, and more.


Captain’s Savvy Singalong Crew

Captain’s Savvy Singalong Crew is a professional musical act that prides itself on celebrating the diverse aspects of otaku and nerd pop culture. The group uses music and comedy as a way to share their love for all things geek-chic while engaging their fans and audience. All performances are accompanied by lyrical presentations in order to encourage fans to sing
along. Originating in Southern California, the band started as a passion project from lead vocalist Samuel “Captain” Khosravi. After a successful debut at Anime Conji in 2013, the band started attracting various musicians to their line up including Christion McGowan, Rin Moeslie, Becky Booth, & Jeremy Bergstrom. CSSC has now been featured at several conventions and local specialized events.


Face Time Police

The multi-faceted masked duo, Face Time Police, is bringing their special stripped-down acoustic show to Anime Expo! This band of brothers defies convention and delivers songs that are fun and catchy, yet artistic and introspective. FTP draws inspiration from all over the pop culture spectrum; anime, pro-wrestling, and video games have all played a part in shaping the band’s direction. From the frenetic “Of Man and Monster” to the jazzy hip-hop stylings of “runnersmile,” Face Time Police are ready to entertain with their highly diverse and energetic stage show.


Here Between You Me

Here Between You Me is...

Terence Calacsan - Vocals/Keys/Nintendo Game Boy

Xavier Martinez - Vocals/Bass

Daryle Joseph - Drums

Southern California’s Here Between You Me is the product of a quarter-life crisis, late nights alone, and a penchant for tear-inducing, ethereal 8-bit pop. Terence, Xavier, Daryle, and a modified Game Boy joined forces in 2012 to make electronic music that makes you realize teen angst sucks when you’re an adult. With the help of frequent vocal collaborator, Jinian Austria, Here Between You Me aims to deliver the kind of energy and emotion only found in dreams. Care to join the dream?


Kid Yuki and The Otakus

Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime and video game music to life. From My Hero Academia to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure to Kingdom Hearts, Persona, and so much more, there's a good chance our show will melt your face off.

Check us out on YouTube for a taste of what's in store.



About TiA (Japanese Recording Artist)

She signed a contract with Epic Records when she was just 16 and became famous for her song "Ryuusei" which was featured as one of the ”NARUTO” ending themes.

She also did an opening theme for the Japanese Anime  “Yakitatte Japan” and ending theme for famous Japanese Music TV “Hey Hey Hey Music Champ”

Her first album received a Gold Disc Award.

She was featured on New York Times and Fox 5 in May 2018

Instagram @tia_singer

About Kohei 

  • Kohei is a singer from Tokyo, Japan.
  • Apollo winner
  • The finalist in McDonald’s Gospelfest
  • 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Featured on TV Fox Steve Harvey show
  • Appeared on M-On TV with Japanese
  • Recording artist “The RAMPAGE”
  • Official MC at Japan Fes in 2017, 2018
  • Kohei was commended as an IFA United Nations NGO-OCCAM International Ambassador-Singer for his efforts in encouraging cultural exchanges between Japan and the United States.
  • Releasing his new single “POWER TO THE PEOPLE” in 2018

Instagram @koheisings 

Midnight Shinigami

Formed in 2010 to compete in a Battle of the Bands competition, this group of musicians combined their passion for music and anime, giving creative birth to "Midnight Shinigami". They have been traveling to local conventions to share their favorite anime songs to the masses and have released their first album, "Kioku//Memories" in December 2017. Midnight Shinigami's members are just as diverse as their musical influences and playing styles. From soft ballads to hard-driving metal, they're sure to have something in their repertoire that'll make anyone drop dead in pure aural bliss.


None Like Joshua

As a versatile wordsmith and experimental electronic producer, None Like Joshua has been dabbling through a diverse set of music genres and topics to rap about since 2009. The level of fame that he’s garnered with over 40 million Youtube views has stemmed from rapping about his favorite video game, anime, TV shows, and movies intertwined with heavy electronic music. His music has traveled from Zelda to Star Wars, Eminem to Linkin Park, Skrillex to Flux Pavilion, and politics to love over dubstep, trap, metal and other dynamic genres. NLJ’s lyrics and high energy is always complemented with music that inspires and hypes every listener. He’s made a name for himself with the support and collaborations from talented EDM producers, musical youtubers, and, of course, the tens of thousands of gamers, anime fans, and rap lovers who have shared one of his songs. Check out his music at http://youtube.com/nonelikejoshua

Super MadNES

Super MadNES is a Los Angeles based tribute to retro video games and traditional 80s heavy metal music, creating riff-oriented arrangements to some classic NES, SNES and arcade soundtracks.

The band has released two well received albums, built a following locally and through social media, appeared in chiptune compilations, and become an active touring act in less than two years.

Super MadNES is currently performing the music from classic games such as Castlevania 3, Batman, Double Dragon, Ninja Gaiden, Megaman X and Super Ghouls ’N Ghost along with an action fueled pixelated visual show.

Super Soul Bros

From San Jose, the Super Soul Bros bring an explosive performance of live, funky video game music. Renowned for their dynamic musicianship, improvisation and infectious grooves, the Super Soul Bros are a hit with all ages. Whether they're taking requests on the fly, or the crowd is busting into a full-on soul train, it's always a party with the Super Soul Bros! With their extensive repertoire ranging from Mario Kart, Sonic and EarthBound to anime classics & more, be sure to catch one of their many themed sets this year at Anime Expo.


Previous Party Hosts: Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Celebration (all ages), Anime Expo Kick-Off Party, Cosplay Deviants, FAKKU, Crunchyroll + VRV, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithfulness Launch Party

Past Performers: Ayakashi, Captain Savvy Singalong Crew, Infinite Combo, Mega Ran, Midnight Shinigami, Pamela Vargas, Phoenix Ash SouLandscape

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